Author : Tonya Fitzharris
Genre : Contemporary
Published Date : September 1st 2012
Pages : 303
Hosted by : Reading Addiction Book Tour
From Goodreads :
Maura has just jumped.
Now she has precisely six seconds until she hits the water below her--just six more seconds until she is finally freed from her mundane and aimless existence. Freed of all of the regrets and disappointments that have haunted her throughout her nineteen years.
She just needs to be free.
But as she falls, the most pivotal points of her life start to replay like a movie in her head: her family falling apart, her first love, her first heartbreak, and her first betrayal. As she remembers these moments that brought her to this point, will she feel a sense of peace? Or will her death be her greatest regret?
"6 Seconds of Life" is a new adult novel that not only explores the ups and downs of college life, but the ups and downs of life as we know it.
Tonya Fitzharris is a writer, reader, blogger, mediocre cook, photographer, runner, Florida native, and cat lover. She used to be a Middle School English Teacher, but now she’s trying out the whole novel writing thing. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and her Belgian cat named Waffles.
Visit her website at tonyafitzharris.com or find her at Twitter.
My Review :
The blurb of 6 Seconds of Life had definitely caught my attention, with its first sentence being so captivating yet vague, it kept reader guessing about what this book would be about. And when I had finished reading it, the feeling still lingered for quite a long time.
This book introduced us to Maura Yermakova who struggled with her life and her family. Being faced with a shattering family, dull school life, and constant pain and pressure, Maura thought that leaving this world would be her only salvation. And that what she was about to do. Jumping off a ledge. Suicide.
I love how Tonya kept me intrigued by Maura's life, without telling too much or too little. The read was fantastic from the first sentence, and the story was flowing nicely with Maura told us her life from her point of view.
Maura as the main character was, I think, quite strong and believable. She could stood up for herself, and fight for her belief. I also love when sometimes her action and thoughts clashed with each other and created an emotional conflict, which, after some times, was too much for her.
Another character I like was, surprisingly, Maura's father. It's not like I love his personality, for he is annoying alright. But I love how he seemed so flesh and blood, and yes, pretty much annoying.
One thing I'm not quite fond of this book was it's language. It's quite strange when a teacher who tried to create a good image, swear at her student. Or when a father started to talk to his daughter with a vulgar teen language. It's not so believable.
Overall, I think this book was great, and it was quite rare to see a book that dealt with such a delicate issues like suicide and broken family. If you like contemporary book or some reads that would left you thinking of the story after you had finished reading it long ago, this one is definitely for you.
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